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  1. Week 1 finals. HHC goes 6-2 in the opening week Delta 35, Muncie Central 6 Mt. Vernon 43, Hamilton Heights 14 New Castle 42, Franklin County 12 New Palestine 77, Kokomo 0 Pendleton Heights 31, Mississinewa 30 Yorktown 31, Anderson 9 Evansville Central 42, Greenfield-Central 0 Greensburg 49, Shelbyville 7
  2. Week 1 means nonconference matchups & some interesting ones. Two county rivalries, some traditional matchups and a couple of inter-regional matchups Kokomo at New Palestine. #8 visits #3 in Class 5A. Kokomo graduated its QB and top three rushers, but still has a lot of talent returning, making this a very intriguing matchup. The Dragons return 17 starters on offense and defense and have three 1,000-yard rushers from last season in the backfield in Zach Neligh, Charlie Spegal and Luke Canfield. WHMB-40 and NineStar Channel 9 will broadcast the game on a tape-delayed basis. Live coverage on New Pal Radio (link) or WIOU-1350 in Kokomo. Mt. Vernon at Hamilton Heights. Mike Kirschner's debut at Mt. Vernon is against his son's team, as Jon Kirschner is making his debut at HH. Tyson Harley is back at QB for a Marauders team that was rebuilding a bit last season but got better as the year went on and posted a huge victory over Shelbyville in the sectional. The Marauders will have their third head coach in three years. Two very good programs. The game will be broadcast live/delayed on Hamilton County TV. Pendleton Heights at Mississinewa. PH looks to be on the upswing, with Eli Pancol a dangerous deep threat at receiver who helped the Arabians post a 7-4 mark last season. QB Christian Conkling and the top two rushers also return for a senior-laden squad. Good Week 1 matchup between two potential sectional foes - Mississinewa won the sectional last season. WEEM - Pendleton Heights' student station - will broadcast. Delta at Muncie Central. An intra-county matchup and the first time they've met in years (if ever). Delta will be replacing its top rusher from last season but was very young and has a lot of key people in skill positions, good coaching and a great football culture. Muncie Central went 1-9 last season. WXFN will broadcast. Greensburg at Shelbyville. First game for coach Michael Clevenger. Will be interesting to see what the post-Damon Lux years look like for the Golden Bears. Landon Watson returning at QB is a big plus. Shelby went 7-3 last year. WSVX will broadcast. New Castle at Franklin County. Luke Bumbalough is back to lead a potent NC offense. He and Triston Chesher are both 1,000-yard receivers from a year ago, the first Trojan team to post a winning record since 1984. There's more buzz about New Castle football entering this season than in a long time, which is great for football in the HHC. WMDH will broadcast from New Castle. Yorktown at Anderson. Coach Mike Wilhelm's squad is always well-coached and often plays well against its non-conference foes Anderson and Muncie Central. Reid Neal returns for Yorktown at QB after a solid sophomore season. Evansville Central at Greenfield-Central. Really intriguing opener for the Cougars as they host Evansville Central. This game is a homecoming for the Bears' Troy Burgess, who coached four seasons at G-C from 2002-05 and led the Cougars to their only HHC title in 2002. Burgess is making his head coaching debut at Central. WSVX's secondary channel will be broadcasting, as will G-C's student station WRGF.
  3. Game Broadcasts

    All New Palestine games are broadcast on New Pal Radio: https://tunein.com/radio/New-Pal-Radio-s229444/
  4. True - Montmorenci consolidated into Benton Central long before the Harrison/McCutcheon consolidations happened.
  5. We had some really, really good coaches 15 years ago - Doug Peacock, Grant Zgunda, Pat Parks, Doug Armstrong, John Broughton. Nearly all of those are now retired (Coach Armstrong retired from MV and then went back into coaching at Eastern Hancock), but we're in with a new cycle of outstanding coaches. What's happened, too, is the schools are bigger. Fifteen years ago, five of the eight schools in the HHC were in 3A and the 4As were at the lower end of the class enrollment-wise. Today, nearly all are 4A and a couple are at or near the 5A cutoff (G-C is 5A by enrollment, PH will be there soon, Mt. Vernon & New Pal will likely be there in a couple more enrollment cycles). In basketball, all eight schools were 3A at the onset of class hoops. Today, five of the eight are 4A by enrollment.
  6. When I was coaching girls basketball, we tried to push for combined conditioning/weight training for all athletes. The cross country/track coach was all for it. We had a couple of coaches - in sports very heavily intertwined with travel/club/year-round specialization - who wanted nothing to do with it (as training together rather than separately might promote playing multiple high school sports instead of year-round club).
  7. From talking to people there, oldtimers in the NC community were initially unhappy because of "tradition" - largely because of basketball - but most people are on board with the change. Actually, the most virulently opposed comment I heard was from a Connersville fan, who again, was mostly thinking from the perspective of basketball tradition. While it's not quite to the NCC's level in boys hoops across the board, the HHC is a stronger and deeper league in most sports (volleyball, softball, baseball, girls hoops, soccer, football) and the travel is significantly less. NC sits right in the middle of the HHC geographically and its longest roadtrip is to Shelbyville, which would be about 45 minutes to an hour. In the NCC, more than half the league is a 90-minute or more drive away (the three Lafayette-area schools, Kokomo, Logansport, Marion). Not only that, but NC's enrollment puts them squarely in the middle of the HHC - a couple of schools (PH, G-C, MV) are a few hundred students bigger, a couple (NP, Shelby - although like many suburban schools bordering Marion County including MV, NP will likely explode in population soon) are the same size and a couple (Delta, Yorktown) are a couple hundred students smaller. Their basketball program seems very happy in the HHC, especially because it can still schedule Richmond/Muncie Central/Anderson but not necessarily have to make two trips to Logansport/Tippecanoe County every year.
  8. In the terms of the "old" thinking, WL is a smaller school and not in the county seat, therefore not a "city" school as the definition might hold. Certainly larger than the dozen or so schools that eventually became Harrison & McCutcheon, but it was much, much smaller than Jeff.
  9. Tech is a perfect fit in the North Central Conference. While it's very geographically spread out, it's a very good competitive fit. The MIC is pretty well set as an eight-team league of suburban/township schools who are among the best in the state. I don't see Tech being competitive in many sports in the MIC (and, outside of the eight MIC schools and maybe Cathedral and a few HCC schools, there really aren't any programs in Central Indiana that would be competitive in many sports in the MIC).
  10. *Some schools* had boys soccer in the spring, but most who offered it did so in the fall. The major state tournament was held in the fall, which also aligns with most neighboring states and the NCAA seasons. When the IHSAA took the sport over in the 1990s, it made soccer a fall sport (but that was one big reason the IHSAA took so long to take soccer over - the dispute between whether to have it in the fall or the spring. The schools with strong football programs wanted soccer in the spring, the strong baseball/track people wanted it in the fall, the soccer travel culture/teams wanted it in the fall ... the IHSAA made a fall sport).
  11. New Castle folks I talked with were actually worried football might struggle a bit more when they moved because of the HHC's depth as a football conference. However, a new coach last year crafted an attack that used their athletes and emphasized their strengths made them a solid team, and really sold football as being important in New Castle instead of being secondary to hoops. They had some athletes - I saw them a couple of years ago and you could see some talent being there. Niah Williamson threw for 4,000+ yards last year and they had two 1,000-yard receivers. They went complete air-raid and were able to outscore a few teams. It's been really cool to see the community embrace the program. The Dragons look really good this year, but Kokomo is a very good and deep program with a strong recent tradition that is very well-coached. I'd expect a very competitive and fun game.
  12. The travel programs get their claws into the kids early and force their parents to make financial commitments. The line is "if you don't play travel, you won't see good competition and you won't be skilled enough to make your MIDDLE SCHOOL team." Thus, parents pay up because they want to make sure they get Little Johnny ahead because Little Jimmy (and "everyone else") is playing travel. One of my sons has bounced back and forth between soccer and football, the other has played exclusively soccer. I will not place an elementary-aged child on a travel team, so we play in the local recreational league. There are about 100 kids in the age 6-7 league ... by age 8-9, there's barely enough kids to field four teams - MAYBE 40-45 kids (about half boys, half girls), because that's the age where most kids either get siphoned into the travel program (and thus end up having to make a year-round commitment - the season starts in August with training, continues through October, then winter training weekly indoors, then a spring season, and maybe a few weeks off in the summer) or they quit because they "aren't good enough." Many of those kids end up going to football. Meanwhile, the football league has 50-80 boys at each level (1-2, 3-4, 5-6) and every kid plays - there are no "elite" travel teams (there is an all-star team at the end of the season, but there's no segregation of the "travel" kids from the "rec" kids like soccer), encourages kids to play other sports and doesn't try to monopolize them or dominate their calendar year. As a result, we have a strong youth baseball program ... and a high school with state championship banners in both baseball and football.
  13. Not 100% sure in the Jeff-WL rivalry, but those would've been the only two football programs in Tippecanoe County at the time. Prior to consolidation in the 1960s, it was rare for a county seat school (aka, a "city" school) to play a "county" school, as there was often a large disparity in enrollment sizes. There were other reasons - conference schedules being among them, and county seat schools play other "city" schools (often from other county seats) and "county" schools played each other. There was the fact that the city school often had nothing to gain and everything to lose by playing a county school. Now, thanks to suburbanization and consolidation, there's not much enrollment disparity and in many cases, the county school is competitive with or even superior to the city school. Not necessarily the case in Lafayette, where both Jeff & WL are good programs, but it's definitely happened in other areas.
  14. Thinking about TA

    TA was a very good softball coach. IIRC, he led the Marauders to the single-class State Finals twice. He loved the sport. He was also the PA announcer for girls hoops at Mt. Vernon when his daughter was playing in the late 1990s and was - as you might expect - fantastic at that.
  15. Thinking about TA

    When I first moved to this area in 1998, TA was one of the first people I met. We became friends and one of my early stories when I worked for the local newspaper was about how TA put together the early GID. Later, we became very close friends and broadcast partners. I've never met anyone who could take football and simplify it for the average fan like he could on the air, while being conversational and relational. We had a lot of fun every Friday night. TA was passionate about his faith - he was a Christian Church minister and drove an hour one way multiple times a week to teach at his church near Connersville. He was very passionate about his family - we never had a conversation where he didn't talk about his three daughters and how proud he was of them. And he loved football - not just his players at Mt. Vernon (and before that, Eastern Hancock), but the entire football community. He was a great friend and I often miss him, but especially this time of year. I think a lot about what he'd be doing right now, but it would probably involve updating the GID and doing everything he could to promote football at every level. Thankful for the community he put together - many of us have become friends beyond the computer screen - but also thankful for the friendship we had.
  16. This isn't just a football issue - participation in many sports has dropped to the point where schools that once fielded three teams now field just a V/JV. I was the last freshman girls basketball coach our school had - 10 years ago. Numbers have dropped thanks to specialization and impatience (if I can be varsity in Sport A as a sophomore but won't be varsity in Sport B until I'm a senior, I'm going to specialize in Sport A. Back in the day, I'd play both).
  17. G-C will field three teams, but its "frosh" team will be a "C" team that has sophomores (which is not uncommon).
  18. Hamilton Heights Open?

    Hamilton Heights' first game next year is against Mt. Vernon. Father and son making their debuts at their respective schools against each other.
  19. From an official stats perspective: *-Live-ball penalties behind the LOS - all yardage is assessed as penalty yards (so a holding penalty 3 yards behind the LOS is recorded as a 13-yard penalty) and it's basically a "no play" statistically - everything that happens is voided. *-Live-ball penalties beyond the LOS - all yardage to the point of the flag is counted, then the penalty yardage is assessed. on the case you mentioned above, you are correct. +23 rushing yardage, -10 penalty yardage. The play is scored as if it were a normal play to the point of the flag - so a rusher gets a carry/passer-receiver get a completion-reception and yardage to the flag. At one time, only the yardage would be recorded but the carry/completion/reception would not be, but that has changed in the last 15 or so years. As far as I know, there is no official stats manual for NFHS, but I use the NCAA statisticians manual as a guide.
  20. Go to the college rule on PI (defensive PI - spot foul or 15 yards, whichever is shorter & first down, OPI 10 yards, no loss of down) instead of the current 15 yards on both OPI/DPI in all cases with no AFD/LOD. I also agree with the college enforcement of holding - previous spot on holds behind the LOS instead of spot fouls. Although as a broadcaster, it makes it more fun to me to explain "it's a 10-yard penalty, but the flag is 3 yards behind the line, so it is actually a 13-yard penalty. First and 23." Also, eliminate the "two games in one week" rule for a bad-weather game that is canceled Friday and Saturday. I'd instead change to "two in five days," so if poor weather cancels a game, it can be played Monday, and the two teams' games the following week can be pushed to Saturday and remain legal.
  21. Here's the thread for game broadcasts. IHSAAtv has a significant list of webcasts: http://ihsaatv.org/othergames.html New Pal Radio has all New Palestine games, coverage begins an hour before kickoff each week: https://tunein.com/radio/New-Pal-Radio-s229444/
  22. A lot of youth football leagues & middle schools want licensed officials, for liability reasons if nothing else. That's also a great way to get some experience and some extra spending money. I'd love to consider it, but I have a ton on my plate and I know that my personal makeup could make me a pretty lousy official, so I try to give back to the games I enjoy by helping with game ops & media responsibilities.
  23. Franklin Central Goes For Win #400

    I assume you're referring to Cathedral. FC has won a lot more than 50 games in 33 years :). The first game TA & I broadcast together was a Cathedral-Carmel game in 2006 where the Irish hit another milestone. Can't remember exactly what it was, but it might have been 500.
  24. The big game this week features two of the state's top offenses - New Castle's air raid attack and 3,000-yard passer Niah Williamson against New Palestine and its power spread running game, with 1,000-yard rusher Luke Canfield and dual-threat QB Zach Neligh. A win for NP clinches at least a share of its fifth straight HHC title. New Castle is 4-3/3-2, New Palestine 7-0/5-0. Also this week, Delta (2-3/4-3) and top rusher Charlie Spegal travel to Greenfield-Central (2-3/3-4) Mt. Vernon (1-4/2-5) travels to Shelbyville (3-2/5-2) Pendleton Heights (4-1/6-1) is at Yorktown (0-5/2-5) HHC update